Western Education Support Team - Western Melbourne

The Western Education Support Team (WEST) aims to support children and young people to achieve enhanced educational outcomes in a positive learning environment.

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The WEST Program is based at MacKillop Education Services Maidstone (western Melbourne) and works with children and young people who:

  • are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from mainstream education
  • need support to improve their academic, social and emotional learning
  • require support to manage transitions and/or develop future pathways.

The child or young person may be residing in a residential unit, foster care or kinship care placement or still living in the family home.

The WEST Program works collaboratively with case managers, schools, residential staff, carers, parents and other professionals.

What we can offer:

Working in conjunction with the child or young person and their care team, WEST staff can:

  • assist with the development of an Individual Education Plan
  • provide one-on-one education sessions
  • access brokerage to support individual education/learning goals
  • assist in developing positive support plans or modified curriculum
  • advocate for the young person in schools and with alternative education providers
  • provide support with identifying strategies and plan for transitions/pathways
  • assist with links to specialist educational services and assessments
  • promote positive educational outcomes as guided by the Out-of-Home Care Partnering Agreement between the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

WEST supports the child or young person by assisting them to identify their strengths and interests as a key tool to overcome some of the barriers that prevent them from fully engaging in education. 

WEST staff work within a trauma informed framework and have an understanding of the impact and implications of trauma on the child or young person’s learning and education.

Who is eligible?

The WEST Program supports children and young people:

  • aged five to 18 years
  • on a current Children’s Court Order within the Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) system
  • supported by a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) case manager or a contracted community based case manager
  • who live in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

How to access this service:

For more information or to obtain referral and enrolment forms call (03) 8317 9730 or email educationservices@mackillop.org.au.

Contacts

  • MacKillop Education Services Maidstone(03) 8317 973010-12 Gilda StreetMaidstone VIC 3012